Foods that can cause bad breath

Having bad breath can certainly lower our self-esteem. It makes us hesitant to approach and talk to people. We’ll try to do everything we can to eliminate or somehow lessen how bad our breath will smell like. We brush and floss our teeth twice a day or we visit our dentists regularly yet we still suffer from having a case of bad breath. We often overlook the fact that the food we eat is often the underlying cause of bad breath. 

It doesn’t matter how often we brush our teeth. If we don’t change our diet, there’s nothing much we can do about it. Only when we decide to avoid eating certain foods can we make improvements. Having bad breath can be easily avoided if we are selective of what we eat. Here are the foods that can cause bad breath. 

Garlic and Onions 

These spices give our food a distinct taste and aroma. They can also contribute greatly to having bad breath. They contain sulfur compounds that linger in our mouths longer and get expelled when we talk. Think about a fire-breathing dragon. We sort of become that mythical creature every time we munch on onions and garlic. If it cannot be avoided, better brush and floss your teeth immediately after you eat.    

Coffee or alcoholic beverages 

These are diuretic substances. They help us lose water in our bodies. As a result, our mouths feel dry. It causes bacteria to flourish because it’s not washed away by our own saliva. The best thing we can always do is to rehydrate with water after drinking coffee or liquor.  

Canned Tuna and Fish  

They are perfect for making delicious sandwiches. They are readily available, affordable and only takes a little time to prepare. It makes them one of our favorite dishes because they are good sources of protein and rich in nutrients. On the downside, when fish is stored in a can, they can smell bad very quickly. These kinds of food emit a fishy odor and we know it smells bad. It can always serve us in good stead if we immediately pop a sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production to wash away the bad smell.     

Dairy milk 

Dairy milk is a great source of calcium and protein. However, the bacteria naturally found on our tongues don’t react well with the amino acids found in milk and cheese. The result naturally is bad breath. We should make it a point to drink lots of water immediately after we drink dairy milk. 


What happens after tooth extraction

Permanent teeth, as the name implies, were designed to last our entire lifetime. However, life is not perfect. There will come a time that a tooth needs to be extracted. A badly damaged tooth due to an accident or trauma, crowded teeth or tooth decay are usually the reasons why the dentist will have to extract someone’s tooth.  

It’s only natural to feel fearful of having a tooth extracted. Our dentist will usually brief us on the things that will happen during and after the tooth is pulled out. Here’s what to expect after a tooth extraction. 

Pain and swelling 

Having a tooth extracted is no joke. Pain and swelling around the area can be expected. Drinking cold water or applying cold compress on the cheek of the affected area can help. If the pain is too much, taking painkillers will help it subside. Your dentist will usually prescribe painkillers after extracting your tooth. Just take it as needed.  


Bleeding can also happen on the gums where the tooth was extracted. Your dentist will put a gauze pad on the extraction site and require you to bite your teeth so as to apply pressure. This is to help stop the bleeding. Replace the gauze pad whenever necessary until the bleeding stops. Gargle with water to clean your mouth. Don’t use your fingers to remove any stuck cotton fibers to avoid infecting your wound. 


Your dentist will advise you to rest for the next 24 hours after the tooth has been extracted. Only perform light activities and avoid heavy lifting or highly strenuous activities for a week or two. This is the usual recovery period for a tooth extraction. Ignoring this can result in the wound opening up again and bleed profusely. It’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Eat soft foods 

Feasting on soup or soft foods can speed up the healing process and shorten your recovery period. This is to avoid aggravating the injury and keeps you from exerting too much force when you eat. Avoid crunching on solid food during the first few days after the extraction to help you adjust to your new situation. Give it time. You can go back to eating solid food after you have fully recovered.  

No smoking  

Smoking is bad even when we have a complete set of teeth. Even more so when we just had a tooth extracted. This is to avoid getting the wound infected. For those who smoke, this is your best time to start learning how to quit smoking.     

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? If it does bleed, it could be the first signs of gum disease. Your dentist Ontario CA can give advice or offer treatments to prevent gum disease from developing further. If left untreated, it can lead to Periodontal disease. A problem that is much worse that can cause your teeth to fall out.  

Here’s how to prevent gum disease 

Brush and Floss your teeth twice a day 

Brushing alone can leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. But it’s not enough. After you brush, there’s always a possibility that there are bits of food stuck in between your teeth. The only way you can easily remove those bits of food stuck in your teeth is by using dental floss. Be sure to floss your teeth every time you brush. It doesn’t matter which comes first as long as you do both at all times. 

Don’t smoke or quit smoking 

Smoking is a vice that will slowly kill you. It first affects your mouth, which serves as a portal for everything we take in. If you smoke too much, try to cut back until you can really quit. Nicotine build up facilitates the growth of bacteria which will attack your gums and teeth.  

Cut down intake of sweetened beverages 

Drinks with too much sugar are never good for your teeth and gums. Make sure to drink water every time you drink sweetened beverages. It’s to wash away the sugar that sticks in between your teeth and gums that promote bacteria growth. Cutting down your intake of sweetened beverages also lowers your risk of developing diabetes and weight gain.  

Have a healthy diet 

A healthy diet is good for our overall state of health. It can seriously prevent tooth decay because unhealthy food causes plaque build-up. When we take in sweetened beverages, the plaque that comes into contact with sugar releases acids that attack our teeth and gums. Having a healthy diet goes a long way in protecting our oral health. 

Visit your Dentist at least twice a year          

Our dentist is the best person who can help us improve or maintain the condition of our oral health. Regular visits can help them detect any signs of underlying problems and address them immediately. It is recommended to undergo oral prophylaxis or professional teeth cleaning twice a year. If you don’t have any reasons to visit your dentist, dental cleaning can be your valid reason. 

Gum Disease is totally preventable. We must let go of our bad habits and develop the good ones. Gum disease can be easily avoided only if we choose to live a healthy lifestyle.     

How to Become a Dentist

Dentists are an important part of our society. They help meet people’s needs in achieving good oral health by primarily taking care of their teeth and gums. They do this by performing basic services such as professional teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, tooth fillings, tooth extractions, or tooth replacements in the form of dental bridges or implants. They can help us look and feel younger by restoring or improving our smiles. 

There are strict requirements you need to meet in order to practice the profession. Here are 5 steps you need to take in order to become a Dentist. 

Step 1: Get a Bachelor’s degree in any Science related field 

This will serve as your undergraduate degree before going to Dental school. Science related degrees help you prepare for the rigors of Dental school and puts you in a better position to meet the prerequisite requirements. This is also the most common path any aspiring Dentist would take. 

Step 2: Take the Dental Acceptance Test 

This timed multiple-choice test is administered the American Dental Association to assess the applicant’s overall capability in becoming a Dentist. Obtaining a good score is required in order for you to gain admission, get recommendations, and study for a Dental degree.  

Step 3:  Earn your Dental Degree 

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) are the two different programs that students must study to become a Dentist. The two programs only differ in name but still offer the same outcome. Students learn the basics in the first half of the program and get to the clinical practice under the supervision of Dental Instructors on the 2nd half of the program.   

Step 4: Pass the Written and Clinical Examinations to obtain license 

The National Board Dental Examinations is a 2 part written exam while the Clinical exams vary by state. Only when you pass the written and clinical exams can you start earning legally and start practicing your profession as a Dentist.  

Step 5: Postgraduate studies  

Once you have started practicing your profession for a living, consider upgrading your skills set by continuing your education. There are 9 dental specialties you can choose from. Having a specialization increases how much you make for a living as a Dentist and makes you a more valuable asset to your community. 

Dentistry is a lucrative and rewarding career but becoming one is no easy feat. The path to success is filled with challenges you must face and overcome. You need to be sure that this is what you want to do for the rest of your life.  

5 Essential Features That Make Real Estate Investing Profitable

Every now and then persons trying to make up their minds where to put their money ask me if real estate ventures are more or less profitable, compared to other businesses opportunities around.

My response is always that apart from its potential for yielding significant profits, investing in real estate often confers long terms benefits.

I discuss five such advantages below:

  1. You Can Refurbish (to Enhance the Value of) Real Estate

After you buy a stock, you hold it for a period of time and hopefully sell it for a profit. The success of the stock depends on company management and their corporate success, which is out of your control.

Unlike other conventional investment instruments, like stocks, for instance, whose rate of returns, depend on third parties (e.g. company management), real estate investments are directly under your control.

Even though you will not be able to control changes that may occur in demographic and economic aspects, or impact of nature induced changes, there are many other aspects that you can control, to boost the returns on your investment in it.

Examples include aspects relating to adding repairs, or improvements/enhancements to the physical property and tenants you allow to live in it.

If you do it right, the value of your investment will grow, resulting in increased wealth for you.

  1. Real Estate Investing, When Done Right, is Proven to be Profitable Even During a Recession (like the one we’re in right now)

It has on several occasions, been used to effect a bail out, from financial setbacks, such as those that many have experienced during the economic downturn happening in Nigeria today.

A considerable number of clients have confided in me that due to the present economic situation, they are not sure of profitable channels to invest their money. Some of them are done with bonds and treasury bills, but are in dire need of a new investment.

  1. Real Estate Investments Are Immune to Inflation

In other words, investing your money in ownership of viable real estate can protect you from the harsh effects that inflation usually has on other conventional investments.

  1. Real Estate is Uniquely for Being Universally Acceptable as Collateral, Towards Securing Funding from Banks

Today, real estate in form of either building or lands, with proper titles (i.e. Certificate of Occupancy – aka “C of O”) is the most recognized and accepted form of collateral in Nigeria – and some other parts of the world.

It has the unique feature of being able to protect the interests of both the borrower and the bank (that’s doing the lending), so that funds can be released i.e. after due verification, and terms and conditions are agreed.

  1. Real Estate Investing Allows Use of Other People’s Money

In other words, you can do it even if you do not have enough money. You just need to know how.

This is possible because real estate is physical property or what is called a hard asset. That is an attribute that makes it attractive to financiers i.e. people with money to invest.

This is why many times real estate products are bought with debt – unlike conventional investment products like stocks which are NOT tangible, and therefore perceived as being more risky to invest in.

Get Your Exciting Real Estate License

First to obtain your Real Estate license you will need to do a 63 hours pre licensing course. Many online educational sites offer this and can be done in the comfort of your home. If you are more of an in class person, your local community college might offer the course. When taken in actual class, the course may take 4 to 6 weeks due to their scheduling. Online classes you can do at your own pace. So if you want, you may do the entire course in one week.

Below are some requirements for the state of Florida to obtain your Real Estate License

General Requirements:

Must be 18 Years of age, have a high school diploma or GED to get your Real Estate License.

Educational Requirements:

Complete the 63 Hour pre licensing course and pass.

Exam and Application Requirements:

  • Submit a completed real estate license application, submit your finger prints and pay any fees associated.
  • Pass the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate state exam with at least a score of 75 points out of 100 points or pass the Florida Real Estate Law exam with a score of 30 points out of 40 points.
  • Activate your license with a Real Estate Broker using the DBPR proper forms or may be activated online by your broker.

These are the basic steps needed to obtain your Real Estate license in Florida. How to get your Real Estate license sounds easy and to some extent, it is. However, the exam and amount of studying shall not be taken lightly. I would recommend searching online a bit more before you decide on a Real Estate license. If you want to make a career change, this is definitely a great one.

Firstly of course once you have obtained your License, activate it with a broker. This is where you have to decide what path you want in Real Estate. Different companies offer different options, splits, fees, training and so on. Let take for example:

Property Management: It is best to search for local property management companies. There are also national property management companies which you can join. Once you join them, throughout your time in this field, you’ll gain knowledge and experience on all legal aspects of property management. There are a lot of them, from how to evict a tenant to how to post the notices on their door and within what time frames. Property management involves a lot of work and at the same time is rewarding. Many agents lean towards this field due to the steady stream of monthly income. Others don’t want to deal with the tenant headaches. Example, if you manage 150 units and average a 10% call rate that would be 15 different issues to deal with during that month. These may be from A/C units not working, to plumbing issues; tenants locked out of their homes and need access, to tenants disturbing other neighbors. One the bright side that means 135 units won’t cause any issues. On average, the management companies charge around 10% of the monthly rent to owners (all Companies and State are different), in return, you as on agent might get a percentage of that.